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09/22/2017 10:33
by John D'Aloia All too many of the headlines emanating from under the dome are variations on the theme "Looming Budget Shortfalls." Predictably, the proposals to "fix" the situation center on squeezing more tax dollars from a citizenry already staggering from horrendous increases in fuel prices and wrenching restrictions on the personal mobility that our society is based upon. There is a solution, but it escapes those who could implement it. They are so enamored with the trappings of governance and mantle of power that they are blind to the solution. The solution lies not in throwing more dollars at a problem, or creating new bread-and- circus programs, but in the answer to this...

Freedom Is a Myth: We Are All Prisoners of the Police State’s Panopticon Village

09/20/2017 10:19
by John W. Whitehead   "We're run by the Pentagon, we're run by Madison Avenue, we're run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don't revolt we'll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche.... As long as we go out and buy stuff, we're at their mercy… We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other people's Villages, but we are all prisoners.”— Patrick McGoohan   First broadcast in Great Britain 50 years ago, The Prisoner—a dystopian television series described as “James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka”—confronted societal themes that are still relevant today: the rise of a police state, the freedom...

Breaking: Comey Perjures Self in Front of Congress

09/19/2017 10:25
by Cillian Zeal   The recent news that a draft version of James Comey’s decision on the Hillary Clinton matter exonerated the then-Democrat presidential nominee before investigators even talked to her isn’t just an unpleasant revelation for the former FBI director. It could also be evidence that he perjured himself before Congress. And either way, one of the GOP’s most prominent senators wants Comey to explain himself under oath before the upper chamber. The newest controversy, as Breitbart notes, centers around a bit of testimony that Comey gave the House Judiciary Committee in September involving his investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email.  During that session, Texas...
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Heartland Events

As a candidate for president in 2016, Donald Trump unveiled his America First Energy Plan—a bold proposal to transform the United States beyond mere energy independence. His goal was to make America a global energy power again, and that’s exactly what’s happening. Trump has already turned back years of Barack Obama’s anti-energy policies, causing the United States to once again emerge as a global energy power. This is an amazing turn of events—one that would have been impossible had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, and still remarkable under Trump.


You must join us for The Heartland Institute’s America First Energy Conference to celebrate these accomplishments and learn more about what the future holds. We’ll be gathering in Houston, Texas at the J.W. Marriott Hotel on Thursday, November 9, 2017.


This conference will bring together the country’s greatest energy policy experts, as well as key players in the industry, to discuss how we’re making American energy great again. Will you join us in the heart of America’s energy and refinery industry for this timely and informative event?




Heartland’s America First Energy Conference will feature more than two dozen speakers presenting on eight panels and three plenary sessions. We expect hundreds of people to attend, and we are aiming to attract state legislators, think tank leaders, private sector government relations and policy analysts, and Heartland supporters like you.


The goals of this event are to:

  • Turn state legislators and state think tank leaders and policy analysts into advocates for key elements of the Trump administration’s America First Energy Plan.
  • Persuade civic and business leaders to publicly endorse the plan and back away from the anti-energy stances they adopted during the Obama years.
  • Generate national and international media attention for the plan.
  • To build popular support for implementing the plan at the national and state levels.

If you’ve ever been to one of Heartland’s International Conferences on Climate Change, you know our events drill down into serious policy. At the America First Energy Conference, we plan to examine – one year and one day after Trump’s shocking Election Day victory – the following:

  • Where does Trump’s America First Energy Plan stand?
  • How much progress has been made in implementing it, and what remains to be done?
  • What scientific and economic evidence is there the plan is putting the nation on the right path—either for economic growth, environmental protection, or both?

The event program is still coming together, but it will include prominent elected officials (including a member or two from Trump’s administration) and leaders from America’s energy industry. The panel discussions will address:

  • Energy and Prosperity
  • The Cost of Excessive Regulation
  • The Shale Oil and Gas Revolution
  • Energy and Agriculture
  • The Future of Coal
  • National Security and Energy Policy
  • Protecting Human Health
  • Protecting the Environment

There’s no doubt the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has created a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform U.S. climate and energy policies. Trump’s America First Energy Plan lays out the rationale for and important first steps of that transition—and Heartland’s research and outreach has helped to inform that plan. Come to Houston on November 9 and be a part of America’s energy revolution!


Tickets for the event are $349 and include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We expect a full house for this important conference, so register online today! If you have any questions, contact The Heartland Institute’s Events Manager Nikki Comerford at or 312/377-4000.


Register Today!